Review: Arvor 755 Weekender

By: John Willis, Photography by: Nathan Jacobs


The Arvor 755 Weekender is an innovative new package from the highly successful international Arvor Boats range. It will please the whole family, offering terrific facilities for a day boat or overnighter.

Arvor Australia director Peter Collins said: "The 755 Weekender has been designed with aesthetics, quality and class-leading space in mind to provide lasting value.

But don’t let the Arvor 755 Weekender’s appellation or styling fool you – this is a true seagoing vessel that’s capable of challenging the bluewater swell on an offshore escapade and then retiring to the sweetwater comfort of a secluded hideaway.

 

Arvor 755 Weekender

Arvor 755 Weekender

Though I don’t mind the trend towards upright windscreens and trawler-style cabins offered by many, including Arvor boats, I still prefer the streamlined aesthetics of a nicely sculpted windscreen and cabin. Whatever your preference, the Arvor 755 Weekender is a good-looking boat with a chic, ultra-modern presence.

The new hull retains the Arvor snub-nose we’ve grown to love; however, its sweeping lines have been accentuated with a very curvy gunwale line that sweeps high on the shoulders, dropping to a curvaceous tail. With lofty freeboard and the full beam extended well forward, she has plenty of volume, both internal and external. The chine lines separate at the shoulders with sweeping folds reaching upwards just short of the bow, reminiscent of many bowrider wake and ski boats. The actual chines are quite hard and pronounced, giving terrific lift and flotation up front. This does translate into a slightly hard head-on ride but the design is ideal for the style of boat, keeping the nose high and buoyant. She’s best described as a moderate-Vee, 17° planing hull with plenty of lift and stability.

 

Layout and design

Arvor 755 Weekender interior layout

With black accents, shaded and shapely tinted windows and stainless steel trims accenting her lines, she’s certainly pretty. The rolled sheerline of the gunwale combines beautifully with the high freeboard and the extended cabin shape, and she looks grand with large smoky tinted side windows providing 360-degree vision from the helm and the black canvas sun awning over the cockpit.

The Arvor 755 Weekender combines enticing presence with common sense in the design and layout, and the neat features run from transom to bow. Out back is a walk-through doorway on the starboard side, with a largish swim platform on either side. Arvor boats introduced the idea of a sliding convertible transom lounge module mounted on stainless tracks in the floor, maximising deck space. You can slide it right back for a bigger cockpit area or forward, providing full engine tilt for storage, mooring or even trailering.

Helm on Arvor 755 Weekender

It’s a novel idea and combines with a port-side lounge plus a plug-in table for al fresco dining and entertaining. If you’re a sun lover, stow the table as the rear lounge converts to a basking lounge – the best of both worlds! All the seats have thickly padded cushions with neat marine upholstery, the test boat featuring fawn accents.

Under the cockpit floor a giant hatch leads to the bilge, fuel tanks and battery compartment, with plenty of further storage space. Overhead is a welcome sun awning, while speakers in the cabin roof overhang bring the vibes outside. There are handy hatches everywhere and ample LED downlighting throughout.

Going forward is a breeze thanks to easy walkways either side of the cabin, with long handrails on the cabin roof for security. There’s space on the roof to carry inflatable water toys and boards, and a welcome sunroof flooding light and refreshing breezes into the cabin.

Cabin in Arvor 755 Weekender

The large single-section curved glass windscreen adds to the terrific all-around vision, and it comes complete with a strong set of washer-wipers. The bow enclosure provides a fairly flat cabin roof and a set of deck cushions add further appeal for solar soakers sunning away the weekday blues.

The sailors will be more interested in the well-proportioned mooring cleats, non-skid surfaces, rollover-style anchor fitting, anchor hatch, Quick windlass and split stainless bow rail that stops short on either side for easy boarding. Overall, the entire exterior feels solid, welcoming and easy to live with.

 

Cockpit

Arvor 755 Weekender deck

From the cockpit you enter the cabin via fully lockable sliding door panels that open to a spacious entry bringing the inside out and the outside in, extending the al fresco feel. You’ll feel at home thanks to the nicely moulded fibreglass roof liners and panels, plus the timber accents and premium upholstery that set it off beautifully. The rippled leather dash upholstery adds finesse that contrasts nicely with the white convertible dinette and beige helm seat, both with marine leatherette finishes. The dinette has a detachable table that forms the base of a comfortable full-length berth.

There’s a small galley with timber veneer cabinetry, single wok burner, stainless steel sink with mixer tap and upright Vitrifrigo fridge on the starboard side. I haven’t been impressed with the latest trend for sliding glass window cut-outs for ventilation but they worked very well and created little obstruction for the open feel of the cabin.

The helmsman is comfortably positioned on an adjustable pedestal seat with bolster and moulded footrest. It’s quite an upright dashboard with a terrific view of the gauges and instruments and an attractive sports steering wheel and electronic binnacle engine control. The nine-inch Simrad multi-function display seems a terrific choice for a package that also features a Fusion sound system, Mercury digital and analogue gauges and Lenco trims that we never felt the need to play with.

 

Inboard or outboard?

Arvor 755 Weekender in sharp turn

I can foresee perspective buyers agonising over the power choices – diesel inboard or single outboard motor up to 300hp. Once upon a time I would have had no hesitation choosing a diesel shaft-drive over an outboard, particularly for moored boats. That was probably one of Arvor’s main attractions in the days of thirsty, smelly two-stroke outboards. However, times have changed and I would now go with a modern four-stroke outboard. And while the recommended maximum is 300hp I think most would be more than satisfied with the Mercury Verado 200hp supercharged four-stroke as fitted to our demonstration boat. It was quiet and efficient up to a maximum speed of just over 30kt at wide-open throttle, with three passengers aboard.

The bonus with the single outboard option is the bow thruster you get with it as standard equipment. This is a very welcome accessory, greatly adding to low-speed control – important, considering the relatively shallow draft and big flanks that could develop some windage.

 

The Trade-a-Boat verdict

Arvor 755 Weekender boat at rest

I found the Arvor 755 a really interesting package. It takes a little while to get your head around all its terrific features, not to mention a smidge of quirkiness. It’s a very elegant boat with its International CE safety and construction rating for offshore use giving backbone to the grace. She’s got a gentle sportiness combined with entertaining facility and accommodation.

 

 

HIGHS

  • Innovative design
  • Great aesthetics
  • Convertible rear lounge on tracks
  • Single outboard with bow thruster
  • Visibility

 

LOWS

  • Bathroom’s a bit cramped (but it’s only a 7.5m boat!)
  • Takes time to appreciate the quirks

 

Arvor 755 Weekender specs

Arvor 755 Weekender price: $129,500 incl GST

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OPTIONS FITTED

Electronics pack (incl Simrad 9in chartplotter, Bluetooth stereo, engine data module); sun awning

 

PRICE AS TESTED

$135,927 incl GST

 

GENERAL

MATERIAL fibreglass

TYPE Moderate-V sports cruiser

LENGTH overall 7.76m

BEAM 2.85m

WEIGHT 2369kg

 

CAPACITIES

PEOPLE (NIGHT) 4 (DAY) 9

FUEL 300L

WATER 80L

MAXIMUM POWER (hp) 300

DEADRISE 17°

MAXIMUM LOAD (people, gear, engine) 1235kg

 

ENGINE

MAKE/MODEL Mercury Verado 200hp outboard motor

TYPE Inline four-cylinder, supercharged, sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection four-stroke outboard

RATED HP 200

DISPLACEMENT 1.7L

WEIGHT 231kg

GEAR RATIO 2.08:1

PROPELLER Enertia 15.6 x 13 RH

 

MORE INFORMATION

Arvor Australia

Unit 26/17-21 Bowden Street,

Alexandria, NSW 2015

Phone (02) 9199 7747

Web arvor.com.au

 

See the full version of this review in Trade-A-Boat #484, on sale November 3, 2016. Why not subscribe today?

 


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